Monochromatic color scheme

Fundamentals of Art and Design 3(1+2)


Monochromatic color scheme

Monochromatic color scheme can easily and successfully be used in small rooms, but not ideal for large rooms. This color scheme is the simplest and easiest to use for any beginner in interior decoration. Any beginner can just pick up prints, checks, stripes and plain materials in different tints and shades of a color and use them for furnishing a room.

Using a mono-chromatic color scheme Fig.5.3. i.e., using a single color, one can create a feeling of warmth or coolness in a room. For example, when the tints and shades of green is used, it makes a room exclusively a cool one, while the use of tints and shades of yellow or orange makes the room purely a warm one.

Monochromatic color scheme for a room:
Ceiling - White
Walls- Sky blue (light blue)
Draperies – Royal blue
Bed cover, table cover etc - Stripes/checks/Prints in royal blue, turquoise blue and grayed blue against a white background.
Floor covering - Navy blue

Mono-chromatic scheme is the simplest of all other schemes to use, because they are based on only one hue. To avoid single-color monotony, mono-chromatic schemes are often sparked with neutrals - black, white, grey or beige - in many varied textures. For obtaining good effect in the simplest combination for a monochromatic scheme is the use of one tint, one shade and one pure hue, as for example, pure orange, peach and brown.

While selecting a monochromatic color scheme, the main consideration lies in the selection of the shades and tints of the color in the room in which they are to be used. For example, yellow color is an excellent choice for a dining room because yellow is a cheerful, light reflecting color. Warm hues should be selected for rooms with cool exposures and cool tones for rooms that receive lots of sunlight. A careful thought, and a complete analysis of a room in terms of its use, exposure, size etc. is necessary for deciding the single color to be used in any room. This scheme, when more of the tints of a color are used, helps to give a spacious feeling to an interior and provides unity for a composition and a quiet background for objects and people within it. The scheme also offers designer reasonable chances of success. The only drawback is that being a single color, it easily becomes boring and therefore is seldom used in its true form. The key to success is to provide enough contrast through pattern, texture, furniture shape, etc.

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